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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jul 8, 2010 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3-01-69

Actually "Hey Jude" was written by Paul McCartney for The Beatles. The inspiration was John Lennon's son Julian and started as Hey Jules, and became "Hey Jude". Paul was trying to write a song of comfort for a young boy of parents were divorcing.

The Pigpen version was inspired by Wilson Pickett's soul flavored cover of Hey Jude, a record that featured Duane "Skydog" Allman backing up "The Wicked" Pickett on lead guitar... so in reality The Grateful Dead's "Hey Jude" was a cover of Wilson Pickett covering The Beatles.
In late 1968 throughout 1969 The Beatles version was all over the radio constantly and Wilson Pickett's version made it high on the "Soul" radio station charts.

Hey Jude, Me & Bobby McGee and Werewolves Of London are about the only songs I can recall the Grateful Dead covering that were actual "current hits" on the radio at the same time the band covered them (in 1969, 1971 and 1978, respectively). They did play quite a few "current" cover songs around 1966 though... they were a "dance band" after all and played many current "hits" in '66, such as "Midnight Hour", "Dancing In The Street" and "Walking The Dog" though....


This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-07-09 05:37:51

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jul 9, 2010 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3-01-69

Good call . WP's version is most likely what he was going for . All said, it is pretty bad, though , had they rehearsed a version , and Pigpen had time to figure out how he could do it , it might have been fine . Within his limits, he was great,and I can almost hear him singing Hey Jude, but he is caught off-guard here .
One thing... If you are trying to covert a friend to the Dead, don't play this ...

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 9, 2010 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3-01-69

Thanks for all the info! I did know it was written by Paul McCartney, of course ... I didn't mean "written for Pigpen" literally.

I had to listen to it first thing this morning to see if it was as good as I thought it was late last night. It was, it's really cool.

Actually - after listening all the way through again - it's magnificent.

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2010-07-09 12:14:47

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 9, 2010 6:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 3-01-69

That is the beauty of this band....Something for everyone!!

One man's trash is another gal's treasure!!
Glad you enjoyed it!!